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Colourful tank whose aim is good

Iconic Stompie is getting some TLC after 25 years of standing guard on a London street

Mark Moran
17 January 2022
Creative Commons/Wikipedia

 

For over 25 years, people travelling through south-east London have been greeted by an incongruous sentinel, a brightly coloured tank sitting on the corner of Mandela Way and Page’s Walk in Bermondsey, London.

Stompie is a decommissioned Czech army T-34-85 medium tank said to have taken part in the Soviet suppression of the Prague Spring uprising in 1968.

Following the Velvet Revolution and dissolution of Czechoslovakia, it was decommissioned, sold and arrived in London to be used as a...

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